The Falls Experience

The Falls Experience

Reconnect with food, nature and each other, exploring the spectacular Karangahake Gorge. Indulge in a unique long table, three course lunch dining experience, followed by a Gin tasting with a magical dusting of edible gold.

Ease into your ride with the promise of Mt. Atkinson coffee, in a building originally commissioned as the National Bank Gold Refinery in 1914, before following the Ohinemuri River through the Karangahake Gorge.

Pack a torch and marvel at the 1100m long tunnel which took five years to complete using picks and shovels. Hop off the bike to discover the unique surroundings of the staircase Owharoa Falls, a series of three waterfalls.

Just a stones throw away, pause for a unique dining experience with a carefully crafted lunch menu, showcasing seasonal dishes using homegrown organic produce. A short ride from Waikino, explore the concrete cyanide tank stands reminiscent of ancient ruins which are among the remains of the Victoria Battery, constructed in 1897 to crush ore from the Martha Mine.

At the Waikino Memorial Bridge cross the river to ex­pe­ri­ence award winning Eliza’s Claim Gold Gin with four­teen dif­fer­ent botan­i­cals, and enjoy story telling of times past and present, before a gentle return ride to Paeroa.


35km Return

Grade 1

Ride time: 9.30am - 4.15pm - Saturday 6 April

Price: $175.00

Ticket includes:
• Three Course Lunch
• Gin tasting and historic stories
• Festival Hub


Return to the Festival Hub for a chance to Win a West Coast Wilderness Trail Experience

End your ride at the Paeroa Maritime Park to enjoy the Festival Hub atmosphere and be in to win the Grand Prize - a West Coast Wilderness Trail Experience plus other giveaways at 6.00pm. Fuel up with delicious fare, grab a cold drink, listen to live music, kick back, and share the highlights of your Bike Fest experience with family and friends.

Victoria Battery
Falls Retreat
Waikino Hotel